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Update Entryway

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Entryway Makeover project

January 2014

Homeowners have many important questions about their Entryway Makeover Project. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What problem areas do I need to watch out for? Can I recover my Entryway Makeover investment when I sell? Can I do some of the work myself? What can I do to make sure that the work is done right?

Costs, materials and best practices for the example Entryway Makeover project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Entryway Makeover - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Entryway Makeover project are summarized below. Use higher estimates for larger metropolitan areas and the lower estimates where home prices are below the national average. Adjust costs for substitutions or refinements in the last section. For size differences of up to 25%, scale total costs in direct proportion to the size of your project. Use the adjusted costs as a basis for setting a material budget and for comparing contractor bids (if you choose to have a professional perform the work).

Project descriptionUpdate entryway. Install new flooring, switchplates and hardware. Add decorative molding and lighting. Use above average materials and installation craftsmanship.
Project size85 square feet of renovation
Material and labor cost$6,228 - $7,266
Material cost$3,780 - $4,410
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Entryway Makeover project involves tasks that are best performed by experienced professionals. Good quality Entryway Makeover requires considerable experience, skill and attention to detail. Do it yourself mistakes are noticeable, may be difficulty to remedy and may actually reduce the market value of the project and your home.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Entryway Makeover project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
Long term Return on Investment - ROIActual returns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A good quality Entryway Makeover project in the right neighborhoods can return 61% - 72% of its initial cost.
Green ratingEntryway Makeover projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Entryway Makeover - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Entryway Makeover project plan.

Entryway Makeover - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Entryway Makeover. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Entryway Makeover project. Click any Task name for a complete written specifications, FAQs and quality checklist for the task - this essential information will help you control Entryway Makeover project cost and quality.

TaskService ProviderDurationDo-it-yourself difficultyTarget cost
Define Home DecorInterior Designer4 to 10 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$760 - $1,269
Specify MaterialsInterior Designer2 to 15 dLevel 2 - Challenging$190 - $317
Specify FinishesInterior Designer1 to 2 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$190 - $317
Install Crown MoldingFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$3.75 - $6.62 per linear foot
Install Exterior DoorFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$251 - $464 per unified inch
Install MoldingFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$2.75 - $4.77 per linear foot
Install Door StopFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 1 - Basic$33 - $57 per door
Install Door SweepFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 1 - Basic$53 - $93 per door
Install Entry Lock SetFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$93 - $168 per door
Install Tile FloorTile Contractor1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$10.70 - $18.72 per square foot
Paint Entry DoorPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$146 - $244
Paint RoomsPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$0.66 - $1.13 per square foot
Paint DoorPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$99 - $166
Install Ceiling Light FixtureElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$163 - $285
Install Home Security SystemElectrician 1 to 3 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$678 - $1,212
Install Wall SconceElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$180 - $314 per fixture
Install Light SwitchElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$98 - $165


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